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Engineering maintenance technician

Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair electrical and mechanical equipment used in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

Future employment

There will be 1% more Engineering maintenance technician jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll usually do either preventative (planned) or emergency maintenance.

In preventative maintenance, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • organising routine servicing schedules
  • allocating work to a team of fitters
  • checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they’re accurate
  • fitting new parts as required, or as part of a regular replacement rota
  • carrying out quality inspections on jobs

Emergency maintenance tasks may include:

  • responding immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • fixing faults on site or arranging for replacement equipment to be installed
  • keeping production managers informed of progress
  • organising teams or individuals to make sure that 24-hour cover is available

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in engineering before applying for a job as a trainee technician.

You'll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications
  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma


You can take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed in the job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Equipment Maintenance Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course


You could do an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship, which could be used to work in different industries.

You could also do an intermediate or advanced engineering apprenticeship for your particular industry, for example aviation, manufacturing or rail.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship


You could start as an engineering craftworker and become a technician through on-the-job training.

Further information

You can get more advice about engineering careers through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

£18,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced salary: £23,000 to £30,000 and over

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours week, which may include shifts and emergency call-out duties.

You might work indoors in a factory or production plant, or outdoors, servicing equipment on site.

You’ll wear protective safety clothing like overalls and safety boots for most jobs.

You could eventually qualify as an engineer in your particular field, like mechanical or electrical engineering.

You could also move into technical sales, maintenance team management and contract management.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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